DevReady PodcastHow to Adapt Change in Technology with Jodi Woelkerling – Ep 78 – DevReady Podcast

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In this episode of the DevReady Podcast, Andrew Romeo is joined by Jodi Woelkerling, author of “World Class Leadership” and a trusted authority on building enduring, resilient cultures and building personal resilience and the two talk about change that technology can bring about within the workplace, the impact that it might have, and how to ensure that the change is positive for all concerned stakeholders.

Jodi, with decades of experience under her belt of having dealt with individuals and corporate teams, says that staying calm 24*7 in the modern world is challenging, unless one, of course, is a Zen Monk. But, not being stressed is pivotal in both individuals and businesses succeeding. The answer to that problem lies in managing both physiological and psychological responses to stress. Deep belly breathing to overcoming cultural challenges that lead to resistance to change are some of the strategies that Jodi recommends.

Jodi emphasizes that the modern workplace is filled with constant challenges, both for the business at large and for the individuals within the business, and resilience is a key component of effectively navigating these challenges. And because humans are fundamentally hard-wired to resist any kind of change, for any business, it is paramount that they manage the process of change so that neither the business nor the individuals in the business suffer. She believes efficient management of change involves the following:

Step 1: Understand that there could be resistance to change

People are uncomfortable with change. They deny it, they are shocked by the need for it and are often frustrated by it. The management needs to realize it and help the individuals within the organization be open to change.

Step 2: Give people ownership over the change process

It is important to get the people who are going to be impacted involved in the whole process of change: get their input, ask them what potential problems they see, seek their solutions. The key stakeholders need to have a role to play in the process and develop a feeling of ownership over the process and the final solution.

Step 3: Manage training and scale the change

Oftentimes people resist change because they feel that they do not know how to deal with the change. In the case of technology, they might not be comfortable using it and might even have trouble admitting that they have a problem using it. So, to overcome that, ensure that there are lots of training. There is a need to make them feel that the extra handholding is socially accepted and encouraged or else they will figure out workarounds.

Topics Covered

· Building Resilience at Individual and Corporate Levels

· Strategies for Staying Calm

· Dealing with Technology Change

· Need for Stakeholders to Accept Change

· Engaging Stakeholders to Have a Positive Impact on Acceptance to Change

· Ensuring Psychological Safety in the Work Place

· World-Class Leadership

Useful Links

Jodi Woelkerling | LinkedIn

Jodi Woelkerling | Website

Jodi Woelkerling Enterprises P/L | LinkedIn

Order Jodi’s book: World Class Leadership

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